At its core, virtual poker is identical to the real world (or casino) poker, i.e. the same rules, odds, etc. applies to online poker as to casino poker. You still need a good hand to win… you shouldn’t tilt… and so on. Nonetheless, there are subtle differences between the two that I’ll try to summarize below:
Unlike casinos or brick and mortar cardrooms, online poker rooms allow you to play for fun and free money with live players. This is a great feature that allows you to get a feel of the game before risking your money.
The biggest difference between the friendly neighborhood game and playing online is the pace. Every player has 30 seconds to respond and players typically respond much faster! If you haven’t played online before, you should perhaps try the “Play Money” until you find the rhythm of the game.
In casino poker, if you need more money, you can reach to your pocket and grab more cash (assuming you have the money!). Online – there are normally daily/weekly deposit limits to protect players from loosing too much and – more importantly for online poker operators – to avoid substantial credit card charge backs. Deposit limits are normally increased the more you play and build good history.
To deposit online, you may need to use an intermediary payment solution such as NETeller as major US banks or credit card companies routinely decline online gaming transactions.
Cashing out your winnings online can be confusing and sometimes may seem like an involved process! The rules are there to protect online poker operators from players fraudulent activities, not to make withdrawal process a pain, e.g. if you have deposited money using your credit card, you won’t be able to withdraw your winnings via cheque. You need to first withdraw an equal amount deposited originally with your credit card to your credit card. Remaining winnings could be withdrawn by cheque. This is to protect poker operators as some players may withdraw their winnings by cheque and then charge back whatever they have deposited with their credit card.
Thanks for reading this article, I hope, you have learned something new. I really enjoy sharing my passion with you. Be sure to check other articles about casino. Stay tuned for new materials. Be responsive with your game and your money, Good luck, and don`t forget to have fun!